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Is it Possible to Prevent a Sewer Backup?

Unfortunately, sewer backups do happen from time to time. They are not fun to deal with, so any steps that you can take to prevent one are an excellent idea. You can keep reading to learn more about the ways that you can prevent a sewer backup from ever happening at your home.

If you notice any of the signs we are listing below, call our team to schedule your sewer drain cleaning service in Memphis, TN. The benefits of being proactive are totally worth the steps you need to take. Plus, preventing a sewer backup is actually very easy.

Protect Your Drains

One of the easiest ways to prevent a sewer backup is by monitoring what goes down your drains. Unless you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, food should never go down your drains. Even with a garbage disposal, you want to be very careful and not put things like egg shells, fibrous fruits and vegetables, or coffee grounds into the garbage disposal.

You can protect your drains with mesh covers that help to capture more particles then your current drain will alone. These mesh drain covers are easy to remove and wipe off before putting them back into place again. The simple step can prevent tough clogs that can lead to sewer backups.

Remember, protecting your drains includes both your sinks and bathtubs or showers. It’s easy for soap, hair, and articles of paper like toilet paper or paper towels to go down drains. Many times it is an accident, but with a mesh drain cover place, you can prevent these accidents.

Watch for Early Signs

You can also monitor for the early signs that a sewer backup is impending. For example, if drains around your home begin to move slowly, that’s a red flag that you either have a clog or a potential sewer backup. You can listen for gurgling sounds, especially ones that happen when you are not using your sinks or tubs. 

This can also be a sign of a sewer backup since the gurgling is not caused by water going down the drains. Sometimes before you notice slow drains or hear gurgling, there are bad odors wafting up from your drains. If this happens, the bad odors are most likely sewage. This isn’t just an inconvenience. Sewage smells can carry harmful bacteria that can make you and your family sick. 

Having standing water in your yard is yet another sign of a sewage backup problem. If you have puddles in your yard, but you have not used the hose and it has not rained, leaky pipes or sewage backup are the two most likely culprits. 

Schedule Professional Service

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to schedule service right away so that we can help you get ahead of a sewer backup. Our team can troubleshoot to get down to the root of the problem and fix it before the backup reaches your sinks and tubs.

Since 1943, it’s been Automatic in Memphis! Contact the experts at Automatic Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing to get started on your plumbing service to help prevent a sewer backup.

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